In Japan, concerning credit cards, are Master Cards more difficult to use than Visa cards?
- Never-AgainLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
Not really. If any card is harder to use, it would be AmEx. Whenever possible, using your credit card is the ideal way to pay, IF your card does not charge you any foreign exchange fees. Mine doesn't, and I pay for all my big ticket items that way - hotels, medium to long distance trains and buses & passes, many chain stores, taxis, etc. Small mom & pop stores often don't take credit cards (unless they deal with a lot of tourists), but the notion that you can't use cards in Japan is such a tired cliché these days. Definitely have enough cash on you to get you through the day, but card usage has gone way up compared to several years ago.
- michinoku2001Lv 72 months ago
No, I can tell you my Canadian MasterCard worked just fine in a Japanese post office ATM. I thought it would be a hassle, but it went just fine. The "cash is king" era may finally be over in Japan.
- flemish_beautyLv 52 months ago
Both are same in Japan.
- BillybeanLv 72 months ago
Interestingly enough, Japan is only recently moving away from a cash society. So Scott is possibly quite right and the TD is from someone who doesn't know or is too lazy research any better.
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- 2 months ago
Idk. Never been to japan
- ScottLv 62 months ago
Japan is a cash-based society and very few merchants accept any kind of credit cards.